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If y’all have followed us for any length of time you know how much Jennifer and I love thrift shopping. I think it’s the adrenal rush of the hunt…finding a great item for a fantastic price. You know the feeling – we spot an item out of the corner of our eye, we try to play it cool so that other customers aren’t alerted to our excitement or the direction that we are headed. We keep mentally telling ourselves “don’t run!” as if there is going to be a stampede because every shopper knows which aisle we are headed to.
Admittedly more times than not, we are disappointed when we finally make our way to the actual item. It’s either priced too high or isn’t quite what we are looking for. As of late, we’ve been in a thrift store slump. We have recently left multiple stores empty handed and a little broken hearted. We love to find thrift items that need a little TLC – whether it’s a piece of furniture for our booth or something smaller that we want to up-cycle for our individual homes. We just love rescuing these items and giving them a makeover.
Like this handmade tray:
I fell in love the second I spotted it. Someone made this awesome wooden tray with their own two hands. It’s not perfectly crafted, but to me that adds to the charm. The wood has seen better days as there are lots of stains all over. The side tray hole handles aren’t perfect circles and the finish (which I think is old-school shellac) has lots of drips and fingerprints which makes me love it more.
AND – it was Green tag day, which means any item in the store with a green tag is 50% off! That letter G next to the price stands for green, so my new project tray was less than $1.00…can you believe it? I knew immediately how I was going to give this thrift tray a makeover.
First, I gave the tray a bit of a whitewashed finish. Below is the total amount of homemade chalk paint that I used…
Not too shabby for a dollar, right? Needless to say, this find has rejuvenated us to keep up the thrift hunt. You never know what you’re going to find or be inspired by. Have you gotten a good thrift deal lately?
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